ViaSat

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ViaSat Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
137 Reviews
3.5
137 Reviews
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ViaSat Chairman and CEO Mark D. Dankberg
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work/life balance with a lot of flexibility (in 9 reviews)

  • It is a very casual work environment, which can be an adjustment for anyone coming from a (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours with horrible work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • You won't get to work on the cutting edge software/technology like other companies in the bay (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Place To Work Overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lot of facilities, membership to top notch gym, on site volleyball courts, basketball court. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Heading in the wrong direction, some projects managers just think of engineers as resources and ride them like horses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many managers who are too comfortable here and are wasting resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Big company with small company feel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, friendly. Up to date hardware and technology. Good atmosphere to work in. They won't give you an old PC from 2010.

    Cons

    Interview and recruiting process takes a long time. I feel they may miss out on good candidates due to the amount of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward - the IoT is here to stay, and the company can only benefit from that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, some good work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViaSat

    Pros

    They seem to care about their employees.

    Cons

    Management is hit or miss.

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  5.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ViaSat

    Pros

    Talented and good colleagues. Satisfactory experience.

    Cons

    Average salary. Not many benefits for temps.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    They mean well, but trouble in paradise.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at ViaSat

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, relaxed workplace, flexible hours. Casual dress code. Training is encouraged and paid by the company. They have some brilliant people working there. Crappy bicycles to ride between buildings.

    Cons

    I worked there 7 years and enjoyed most of the time there. I noticed right away that certain employees were dismissed suddenly with no announcement and no one dared to speak about it. Seems like everyone was afraid for their jobs. Employees were afraid to raise questions about design problems or management problems. Don't make waves or you are in trouble!
    Seems like they had a lot of management people that did not do anything.
    They have a lot of design problems reflected in high numbers of RMA (Returned units).
    I tried to fix some of the design problems but was met with heavy resistance, the usual finger pointing "It's Manufacturing's problem" or no "its a design error". Everyone only cared about their own department. They had no reason to help out other departments. After a disagreement with my supervisor over design changes, he had me fired. HR is spineless. I became one of the disappeared ones that no one will speak of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well Mark I am not a CEO so I don't know what you should do. You started off with a great idea, and you have some talented people, but it seems like ViaSat is in a self destruct mode.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, disorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time

    Pros

    Good people in the whole company, care about individuals

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement, little autonomy, business decisions & processes are often haphazard

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Better than most.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employees fairly well respected. Knowledge and use fo knowledge is rewared. Very good benefits. Pay is adequate. Work is challenging and engaging.

    Cons

    There are plenty of large heads that steer projects in emotionally or power driven directions. People with no skills in a specific area are given the power to rule over groups in that area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people with experience and knowledge instead of the people you play golf with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Engineer & Technology Oriented Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff/Lead Antenna & Microwave Engineer in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff/Lead Antenna & Microwave Engineer in Duluth, GA

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you are the kind of person that wants to work on cutting edge technology and contribute, this is the best company for you. Compensation & bonus are generous. Health insurance is top notch. ViaSat has unlimited sick days, this shows how much ViaSat trusts their employees in not abusing sick days. I am a through and through technologist and ViaSat, Antenna Systems has been very satisfying to work for. I asked them for $1.5M+ research fund, right after I started working for AS, to develop new technology, and they put their faith in a new employee like me to develop it and their trust in me made me work hard and deliver results. I really think this company has a great future, as long as Mark is at the helm.

    Cons

    ViaSat being a big company has a bit more red tape than I am used to, but understandable as ViaSat is a big company that deals with government contracts. I came from a very small company, where I wore different hats as the situation demanded, but here I feel a bit restricted. But then again I am NOT working 60+ hours like I did in my previous employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, not much needs changed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run do not walk from this place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great sales pitch. looks like a great place to work and the benefits are very nice. that is were it stops.

    Cons

    way to much stress, suicide are common and death threats are the norm at this place. People are pushed to their limits. they will pay you off when you leave so you will not sue, but that dose not solve the issues with in. this is not in every department, but in it is in more then it should be and HR and the hirer ups do not feel the need to fix the problems. turn over is extremely high for the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Was a fairly enjoyable environment for an internship.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at ViaSat as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Social events for interns. Good mentors.

    Cons

    Many projects interns presented weren't very interesting. My internship didn't match up well with my skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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